"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and they are safe (~ Proverbs 18:10.)"
What a comforting promise in the time of trouble. And did you notice the medical banner waving at the top of the fortress? We know that symbolizes hospital, sickness, pain, injury, etc. In other words it's an S.O.S. for emergency help ... right away. So many times in every day lie the enemy tries to keep us out of the presence of the Lord by creating any possible duress and disquietude of spirit. He thinks that if he can just turn up the heat , that we will fold and not stand. Guess what? Sometimes we don't even need to stand, we just need to know where to run! When you don't know what to do, you DO know where to run. #Shondo!
Yesterday Pastor Brian Pierce stated: "You've got to see it before you see it if you're ever going to see it!" Man, what a confirmation to me to narrow my focus on exactly what God has placed in my spirit. Life has a way of changing seasons on us & if we're not careful we can be like the children of Israel who couldn't appreciate the present glory because it didn't look like the former glory! Change is just ahead & we must remember that movement inspires movement. Your seed's been growing under the ground but you've gotta see it in FULL BLOSSOM/MOTION today. With that simply said, get positioned for the change that's soon to overtake you in the God sort of way. Shondo!
Have you ever felt like you were literally swirling and twirling in a whirlwind of change? Well I have sure have and I'm certain that I'm not the only one because change is an integral part of LIVING this life! The good news is that whirlwinds are preordained agents of change that have an attached promise that cannot be broken by our God who is constantly making all things new.
If you don't believe it just take a look at an expectant mother's sonogram at eight weeks and then again at twenty-six weeks. What can be seen is undeniable growth and development necessary for healthy life. Next, check out the lowly, underestimated caterpillar that crawls on the ground in the beginning. Now, fast forward to the end of the metamorphosis cycle and marvel at the beautiful creature that has evolved and emerged. Wow, talk about an example for change. This reminds me that I actually have a poster of a beautiful butterfly who has come into its own after a process of time. The quote by Trina Paulus says: “How does one become a butterfly?" she asked. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
The revelatory thing about the butterfly however that is often overlooked is that the only possible way it can become its finished product is that it first has to die. Oh my. It is impossible for me to comprehend this, to write this without recalling the precious words our Saviour, Jesus Christ spoke so long ago in John 10 that still live today: Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
A little further on John 12 reads: Most Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
No matter where we are on our chosen routes we always have the prerogative to CHANGE our minds. As a matter of fact God has been waiting on many to do just that so He can show up and show out in our lives. We must not be insistent on staying a course, remaining in a relationship or continuing to mourn what God has rejected. The moment that we are willing to relinquish our wills... will be the moment that long awaited manifestation appears. Selah.
Through every situation requiring an intelligent decision, we MUST stand on the sure Word of God and trust that His promises are true. At every crossroad, we cannot lean to our own finite understanding that has a track record of leaving us stranded every time! Rather, we must acknowledge Him in all our ways knowing that He's ever faithful to direct our paths if we're sensitive enough to follow.
Since not making a decision is inadvertently MAKING a decision we have to pray and seek the mind of God. Then we must resist the temptation to pretend that we didn't get or understand the answer if it's not the one we desired. If we say we trust Him, we must keep believing, keep speaking, keep praying and keep standing until He makes it do what it do. Selah.
Kickball, Jump Rope, Hopscotch, Freeze Tag, One-Two-Three-Red Light, Rockin' Robin and Mother May I?! Wow... can anybody remember the innocent days in our youth when we went outside during morning recess? We gathered on the playground to run and laugh as we played these type of pre-tech games. What an experience of being carefree and enjoying life to the fullest those days were to a kid during the school day. As I reflect upon those times on this first exquisite day of May, I realize that we can still be that carefree right now no matter our numerical age because of a one word formula called "JOY." Not "HAPPINESS" but real, sincere and unadulterated "JOY" that is not dependent upon a happening but simply upon the grace of God.
The JOY of the Lord is my strength and I am expecting God to continue to pour strength in that my joy will be made complete. Throughout the years, many of the absolute best things have happened to me in the month of May. Is it because May is my birth month? Could it be because "5" is God's number of grace? Lol! I don't really think so because soem May days have been far from "sunny" but the one thing I know for sure is that whatever month I'm in, I have a direct line of communication and all I have to say is "Father May I?" If my request (that may not even be tangible) is in the perfect will of God concerning me, it's a done deal. Can you really ask "that" of the Father in this very moment no matter who you are or where you might be? Yes, you may.
Jesus taught simply through parables. No parables today but check out these "Power Thoughts":
1) Be good to life and life will be good to you!
2) Movement inspires movement so get it together and do something!
3) Everything needed today will come by way of Divine Connection!
There is such beauty to be found in SIMPLICITY as it relates to everyday life. Teaching, learning and growing need not be so deep and spooky all the time! That's one of the reasons Joyce Meyer is so embraced worldwide. More importantly, it's a key to getting souls added to the kingdom. Selah.
Wouldn't it be great if when we were having a terrible day, we could snap our fingers and smooth everything out? Guess what? In a way, you can!
Last week my Monday began with car trouble, hair trouble and Homework OVERLOAD! By 1 pm, I was already having the worst day ever. 'Frustrated' doesn't describe half! Try 'wits' end' or 'boiling point'. Through my tears, I heard God say: "Start your day over. Start this over!" On the way to a class I was already 10 minutes late for, I carefully turned my car around and drove home. Praying the entire way, I made plans to clean up my house, play music and fix myself breakfast. I had no CLUE how much I needed that hiatus until I calmed down. In the midst of folding clothes and warming up a meal , I smiled realizing I had gone from Level 10 to Level 0 in 1 hour. By 2 pm? I was back in my car, driving back to school to study with peace in my heart. God instructed me to take a step back, breathe and get myself together! Now, I live 2 minutes away from my school so 'just going home' was much easier for me but that doesn't mean you guys cannot do some version of my mini-getaway! In the middle of your anguish, tears and yelling all alone in your car or room, pause yourself. Allocate 30 minutes to a wind down period of prayer. Incorporate a simple activity during the period to redirect your negative energy to something else! For me? It was fixing breakfast and folding a basket of clothes. For you? It might be organizing CDs or updating books on your Kindle! While you work on what you're doing? PRAY! Prayer calms us down and has the power to change things instantly! More importantly, it shows God that when things are upside down, you depend on him wholly to take care of you. Snapping fingers to make a day perfect isn't realistic but snapping yourself back into reality is. God can help! It's all good! Restart your day!
-Marquaysa L. Battle
At some point we have got to DECIDE who we want to be or rather - exactly who we don’t want to be. We have to decide who we want to respect and who we never can. And then be everything we believe in. For sure everything’s much easier said than done! That’s why when we deviate, we must jump back into the person we really want to be. The person who makes us smile in the mirror. Everything’s not 100% neat or 100% good, but let what we do be 100% US. God has placed greatness inside of you so when you do not exactly live up to that greatness, don't beat yourself up! Simply remember WHO and what is IN you!
Quote of the Day: "The WORST of you is NO MATCH for the BEST of you! Just IMPLEMENT!"
"Life is Calling My Name!" (John 11:43) Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"
Just as Jesus stood outside the tomb and specifically called Lazarus by name to come forth, we too must hear and obey the call of our names. We must get busy living instead of dying because we can't stay there, wrapped and tangled all up. We must not only come forth, but be loosed so we can keep it moving. A premature death is not in the plan of God, but purpose certainly is and calls us loudly. And superceeding individual purposes is the great commission purpose of winning souls. Lazarus' response to his name being called awake from the dead resulted in many, many Jews turning to Christ.
Life is calling you by name from out of a deep sleep. It's time to arise and let the whole world know that you know who Your Savior is and that you are convinced of His power. When life calls your name with the command to come out of the cave and leave the graveclothes behind, what will you answer? What will your feet vote be? Selah.
Jesus we need to hear Your voice. Speak Lord Your good and perfect will today. Amen.
"I Will Live & Not Die!" (Matthew 4:4) But He answered and said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
Today is Feb 1st and there is something so great & expectant about "1sts." Remember your 1st car, your 1st girlfriend or boyfriend, your 1st baby, your 1st paycheck, your 1st touchdown? Well did you know that the 1st words out of Jesus' mouth upon entering public ministry were "IT IS WRITTEN." What a weapon! Using this leaves no room for flesh and emotionally driven prayers that fail to hit the bullseye in the time of need.
When the tempter whispers his lies about the state of your life, you can shut him down with the quickness by decreeing and declaring the Word of the Lord. This is our most powerful weapon, especially coming out of a wilderness place as Christ was. I don't know about you but I believe I shall not die but live for IT IS WRITTEN that "God has given the angels charge over me and in their hands they shall bear me up, lest I dash my foot against a stone." Selah.
Lord I'm thankful for Your gracious hand of favor being upon my life, keeping me when I cannot at times keep myself. Amen.